BETHEL, NY – Longtime veteran driver, Jeff Richardson appears to be a late season force as he picked up his sixth win of the season and extended his point lead as he seeks to accomplish another track championship at the speedway. Kyle Redner was the early leader and seemed to be destined for the win until he started showing signs of fuel system problems which allowed Richardson to seize opportunity and take over the lead. Rick Mill came from deep in the pack and was closing in on the leader but ran out of time as the checkers flew but had to be content with a second place. Summer of 69 winner Ed Dachenhausen came home third with newcomer Brandon McGill coming home fourth in his first visit of the year. Redner was able to hang on to fifth in the running order to despite his mechanical issues.
Modifieds had a busy night as they had their regular feature along with a holdover feature to run. In the holdover feature, Skip Lapolt was the early leader with former Rookie of the Year, Joe Degracia running closely behind. After a long caution period, the race was restarted and found Degracia jumping out into the lead and pace setting the field for the remainder of laps. When all was said and done, Degracia found himself in victory lane for the third time this season. In the modifieds regular feature event found Skip LaPolt picking up win number two of the season but albeit with a whole different car. LaPolt found the need to switch from a stock clip car to a tubular sk type chassis, that switch appeared to be the right one as he outclassed the field for the feature, Degracia finished a strong night with a runner up finish in the nightcap followed by the return of former track champion Steve Conklin who brought the fan favorite racer to a third place finish.
Pro Stocks were just as busy as the modifieds as they to were running double features this past Saturday. It proved to be a great night for Ed Butler who is currently second in the point standings but closed in the margin on this night. Butler picked up his sixth win of the season in dramatic fashion in the holdover feature event. Butler had to come thru the pack not just once but twice to prove that he would not be denied a feature win. In the regular feature, again Butler moved his way from the back to the front and got the lead. Butler pulled and powered away for his seventh win of the season as he makes a serious bid for the track championship.
The fan favorite street stock class again had the fans on the edge of their seats as they cheered for their favorite drivers. The race found Mario Contarino, Bill Deak Sr, and JB Morris all running in tight formation lap after lap all trying to obtain and hold the lead position. Meanwhile, top guns Amber VanOrden and Kyle Welsch worked their way up thru the field from deep in the pack. VanOrden got to the top three leaders first and was able to pick off one car per lap before obtaining the much coveted lead position, Welsch was also able to work his way thru into second and began to challenge VanOrden. It came down to the last lap with VanOrden holding on by half a car length at the finish line, with Welsch finishing in a close runner up finish. A. VanOrden picked up her fifth win of the season and was able to extend her point lead in doing so.
Legends feature racing found newcomer young lion, Derek Debbis picking up his first career win at the speedway. He outdistanced a strong running Peter Bennett who placed a stout second as he tries to close in the margin on the current point leader in his rookie season at Bethel.
Joe Smith picked up his second win of the season in Four Cylinder Expert action, Robert Beach continues his strong August into September as he picked up his fourth and fifth wins of the season as he dominated both the holdover and regular feature in Four Cylinder Novice.
Mike Roth continues to be the Bandolero guru as his excellent driving abilities brought him home into victory lane for the ninth time this season. Nick Archiere continues to get quicker and gain experience as he picked win number five in the Beginner Bandolero Feature.